Tansu: Traditional Japanese Cabinetry

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Weatherhill, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles - 247 pages
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"This first complete introduction to tansu appreciation and care has likewise long served as an authoritative guide for everyone who owns - or dreams of owning - a tansu. Since its first publication in 1981, when it provided the first detailed introduction to Japanese cabinetry, one of the most outstanding of all Japan's folk-art traditions, it has guided readers to an appreciation of the history of these chests and the superb techniques involved in their construction. The authors, authorities in the field and conservators and patrons of those few craftsmen who continue to produce tansu in the traditional manner, have compiled and presented technical information on joinery, metalwork, and finishing that is timeless in its utility for woodworkers and other craftsmen."--BOOK JACKET.

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Good information and diagrams. Im glad to see someone else has added this book on here already :P Read full review


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Very interesting read on Asian furniture...including tansus. Read full review


A Reverence for Space
Origins and Early Development
Sea Chests

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About the author (2004)

Ty and Kiyoko Heineken have been patrons of Japanese folk arts for more than thirty years. Ty Heineken is a cultural anthropologist and is director of Studio Japan, a conservation workshop. Kiyoko Heineken is a bibliographic specialist at Princeton University's East Asian Library.

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